Dot’z Dawgs & Drafts transports diners back to a simpler time—a time when food was no-fuss and comforting and the world moved at a slower pace. There, diners drink beers and chow down on Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, and wraps while gazing at vintage Coca-Cola advertisements and the photos of old Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball that encompass every inch of free wall space. Amid the 1950s montage, vinyl-and-chrome chairs—striped with the scarlet and silver colors of a retro diner—tuck themselves beneath simple silver tables.
After dinner, patrons grab ice-cream cones and head outside for a stroll along Corpus Christi Beach. The adjacent outdoor playground area is perfect for entertaining kids with hula-hoops and rousing debates on the ethics of peeking during hide-and-seek.
Intent on supplying diners with healthy choices by making flavorful, readily available food, the chefs at Urban Fare Cafe craft a menu that mingles Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, and African cuisines. Piquant soups such as the carrot bisque with ginger and mint pair with guiltless sandwiches and wraps such as the Montreal-style roast beef. Alternatively, whole-grain-wheat pizzas stand in for starchier pies, and cooks prepare rice bowls with either white or brown rice. Baristas emit the aromas of roasted coffee beans throughout the eatery by brewing espresso drinks and practicing levitation with café mugs.
The well-trained therapists at Happy Feet Massage aim to relieve tension and improve overall health with reflexology and massage treatments. Talented fingers press specific points on arches and toes to help soothe general tension, ease pain, and get “These Boots are Made for Stomping” out of your head during 30-minute reflexology sessions. The ancient Chinese treatment has also been used to speed post-operative recovery, ease mental health issues, and lessen side effects from chemotherapy. Alternatively, trained palms also coax tension and co-dependent backpacks loose from lower backs and shoulders during 30-minute massages.
Bamboo Garden Counter’s Asian fusion menu pleases palates with Vietnamese–style sandwiches, Asian–style street tacos, and rice bowls. Guests dig into a classic banh mi, a French-influenced Vietnamese–style baguette sandwich with pork or traditional deli meats, pickled carrots, and daikon radish ($4.95) that's well versed in existentialism. For tacos, chefs envelop beef short ribs ($6.95), pork belly ($6.95), or chicken ($5.50) in flour tortillas alongside cilantro, onions, and pickled vegetables. Sauteed veggies accompany rice bowls ($4.95+) into tummies, and steamed buns reveal centers of pork belly ($6.95). While eating, patrons surf the web on free WiFi, checking news, trading stocks, and crafting pyramid schemes.
Beauty & the Bistro Café & Catering's uniformed staff add friendly elbow grease to their catered social and corporate events. Expectant mothers round up posses of up to 30 guests for a two-hour takeover of the bistro's party room, where a sign-in and gift table greet guests and assign code names written in baby talk. Load up on human fuel from a buffet spread, filling antique china, glasses, and silverware with comestibles including seasonal fruits, parmesan pasta salad, and sliced croissant sandwiches stuffed with generous portions of chicken salad. As light dinner music plays over excited conversations and debates on the origin of the rattle, the staff quiets wailing sweet teeth with slices of guest-provided cake.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for the past 25 years, fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and specialty pizzas. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the Spicy Italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible meat. More progressive pie enthusiasts may select the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken ($15.99), or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and ripe black olives ($15.99). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.